Handel’s Messiah live at the Royal Albert Hall – CANCELLED

17 March 2020, 16:55 | Updated: 20 April 2020, 00:02

Royal Choral Society’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall
Royal Choral Society’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Royal Albert Hall

Royal Choral Society’s 144th annual Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah is now cancelled due to the closure of Royal Albert Hall in light of COVID-19.

UPDATE: This event is now cancelled due to the news today (Tuesday 17 March) that the Royal Albert Hall will be closed to the public until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and following advice from government.

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Come to the Royal Choral Society’s 144th annual Good Friday afternoon performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and take part in one of Britain’s great Easter traditions.

The choir performed Messiah in its very first season – 1873/4 – but it was in 1876, with 1,000 singers under the baton of Joseph Barnby, that the annual Easter performance was established. It is thought that the Royal Choral Society has sung this magnificent work more times than any other choir; we estimate it at around 280 performances.

The choir, conducted by Richard Cooke, who this year marks 25 years at the helm of this magnificent choir, will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and joined by a quartet of superb soloists. Hearing this choral masterpiece on such a special day makes a wonderful start to the Easter weekend.

Classic FM listeners get an exclusive 15% discount offer on seats in the SIDE STALLS (usual price £43.43 inc. booking fee) and REAR ARENA (usual price £33.75 including booking fee) when you book with the Royal Albert Hall.

Details:

Handel’s Messiah
Royal Albert Hall
Friday 10 April 2020, 2.30pm

Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Cooke: conductor
Richard Pearce: organist
Keri Fuge, soprano
Madeleine Shaw, mezzo-soprano
Jamie MacDougall, tenor
Božidar Smiljanić bass